Heidelberg to stage fall musical ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Oct 1, 2012

“The Drowsy Chaperone,” a parody of the American musical comedy of the 1920s, will come to life on the Heidelberg University stage Oct. 11-14 in Gundlach Theatre. Show times are 8 p.m. Oct. 11-13 and 2 p.m. Oct. 14.

Based on the book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, “The Drowsy Chaperone” is dubbed a show within a show. It involves a middle-aged, antisocial musical theatre fan sharing with the crowd his favorite musical – “The Drowsy Chaperone.” As he plays his old record, the show takes flight, encompassing love affairs, Golden Age clichés and show-stopping numbers only a 1920s production can provide, with the man sharing his personal commentary on the music, story and actors.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” debuted in 1998 in Toronto and opened on Broadway in May 2006, with additional productions in Los Angeles, New York, London and Japan. It won a Tony Award for Best Book and Best Score.

Heidelberg’s production is being directed by Dr. Carol Dusdieker, assistant professor of voice, with musical direction by Dr. Paul Mayhew, assistant professor of chorus and music education. Dr. Greg Ramsdell, assistant professor of choral music education, is the piano accompanist.

The cast for Heidelberg’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” includes: Kyle Adam as Man in Chair; Amy Berger as Mrs. Tottendale; Ryan Ladina as the Underling; Tom Borham as Robert Martin; AJ Lacefield as George; Ben Calvert as Feldzeig; Leigh Barthel as Kitty; Jacob Woost as Gangster No. 1; Tyler Maynard as Gangster #2; Jonathan Vestal as Aldolpho; Darcianne Allen as Janet Van de Graaff; Dakota Thorn as the Drowsy Chaperone; Melissa Tippin as Trix the Aviatrix; and Scott Cook as the superintendent.

The ensemble includes Sarah Bolen, Tess Gerber, Makenzie Dietrick, Kelly Devine, Adam Hoover and Scott Cook.

Suggested ticket price is donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students with ID. For additional information, call the Gundlach Theatre box office at 419-448-2305.